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Old 10-04-2009, 10:21 AM   #41
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I win...
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:43 AM   #42
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Since the reference in question is the University of Albertam, I think it's fairly reliable.
I think my chemistry and physics teachers are reliable too.
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This topic has very little fact in it.
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:45 PM   #44
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I'm the only one truly contributing.
No wait, that's not odd, that's common!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:26 PM   #45
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Stop arguing about science and post some odd facts

The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons

You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206


Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark

In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons

AND:

Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate

there.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:42 AM   #46
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Electrons can teleport. Through solid objects.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:25 PM   #47
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Epic is a noun, and not an adjective.

EDIT: Although some websites/dictionaries have a definition for it as an adjective.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:21 PM   #48
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The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons
Ummm... That would be true if you weighed it on earth. Tons is a measurement of weight, not mass. You'd need Kilograms or something to be accurate. And since the earth is floating in space, you could say it "weighed" nothing. :P
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"Daddy, I tried to measure to Earth, but I had to assume it weighed nothing because the weighing machine kept floating away."
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Ummm... That would be true if you weighed it on earth. Tons is a measurement of weight, not mass. You'd need Kilograms or something to be accurate. And since the earth is floating in space, you could say it "weighed" nothing. :P
What do you mean? 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kgs?
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:08 AM   #51
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Tons can be used for mass too. Any measurement of weight (read "mass" as well) can be used.
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Ummm... That would be true if you weighed it on earth. Tons is a measurement of weight, not mass. You'd need Kilograms or something to be accurate. And since the earth is floating in space, you could say it "weighed" nothing. :P
"Tons" is both a metric and imperial measure of what we call "weight" but is actually mass.
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"Tons" is both a metric and imperial measure of what we call "weight" but is actually mass.
A ton is 2000 pounds. A pounds is a measurement of weight. Therefore, a ton is a measurement of weight. If something weighs 3 tons on Earth, it's not 3 tons on the moon. It would have to be a measurement of mass to stay the same.
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A ton is 2000 pounds. A pounds is a measurement of weight. Therefore, a ton is a measurement of weight. If something weighs 3 tons on Earth, it's not 3 tons on the moon. It would have to be a measurement of mass to stay the same.
I weigh x pounds (I don't know :P). I have a mass of y pounds.
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I weigh x pounds (I don't know :P). I have a mass of y pounds.
You would weigh y slugs. Slug is the proper term for the mass that equals 1 pound on earth. A pound is strictly a measurement of weight.
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You would weigh y slugs. Slug is the proper term for the mass that equals 1 pound on earth. A pound is strictly a measurement of weight.
Any reference for that? Because everywhere I look, I can only find that measurements for mass are the same as weight.
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Any reference for that? Because everywhere I look, I can only find that measurements for mass are the same as weight.
Like, you weigh x kilograms? You can't use "mass" and "weight" interchangeably. That's worse than saying "velocity" and "speed" are the same thing. They're very close, but different.
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Like, you weight x kilograms? You can't use "mass" and "weight" interchangeably. That's like saying "velocity" and "speed" are the same thing. They're very close, but different.
No, you can't. But the units are the same for both.
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well, the units aren't technically the same, but both units do use the same word.
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Just adding on to my above post, but look at it this way:

What's the measurement for speed? km|mi|etc/h|s|d|etc
What's the measurement for velocity? km|mi|etc/h|s|d|etc DIRECTION

Drop the direction and you have the same thing as speed.

EDIT: Actually, the measurement is exactly the same. Grade 8 math lies.

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